Nov. 14, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Several Greenpoint buildings form part of the list of properties owned by landlords deemed among the worst in New York City, according to a new report from the Public Advocate’s office.
The report, “100 Worst Landlords in New York City”, identifies and ranks residential property owners based on the number of open housing code violations—like failing to provide adequate lighting in public areas, failure to remove vermin, and lack of heat, hot water, and other utilities—issued to their building by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). This year, three landlords with eight properties in Greenpoint made the list.
Malina Nealis, ranked at 46, had an average of 373 open violations in 2017 within five buildings with a total of 45 units—all in Greenpoint. The buildings range between 3 to 24 units, and are located on India Street, Franklin Street, Eagle Street, and Clay Street.
Another landlord, Joel Kohn, ranked at 77, with 312 open violations in 2017 for his 10 buildings. Only one of them was in Greenpoint, a 6-unit building on Manhattan Avenue with an average of 40 HPD violations.
Jonathan Cohen / Silvershore Properties, ranked as the city’s worst landlord, owns two properties in Greenpoint. His Nassau Avenue building, at 7 units, saw an average of 38 HPD violations, while his 6-unit Kingsland Avenue property saw 19 violations. Both buildings form part of the 19 buildings with 188 total units that received a whopping 1,090 average open violations.
“No New Yorker should be subjected to live in a hazardous home, yet bad landlords in our City are forcing too many tenants to live in dangerous and indecent conditions,” said Public Advocate Letitia James in a statement. “The Worst Landlords Watchlist is a powerful tool to put these unscrupulous landlords on notice and gives tenants the tools to hold them accountable.
All three landlords appeared on last year’s list. Nealis was ranked at 71 with 393 HPD violations, while Joel Kohn came in at 10 with 823 violations. Jonathan Cohen was ranked 17, with 718 violations.
Nealis, the landlord with the most Greenpoint properties among the three, and who has been on the list since 2011, was reportedly caught on film trying to hit one of her tenants with a file folder as he tried to film her to gather video evidence over ongoing issues with the building.
Over 10 buildings in Williamsburg are owned by several landlords who also made the worst landlords list.
List of Greenpoint properties by landlord:
– 95 Clay St/121 HPD violations
– 86 Eagle Street/39 HPD violations
– 133 Franklin street/143 HPD violations
– 156 India St./38 HPD violations
– 156 Rear India St./32 HPD violations
– 1020 Manhattan Ave./40 HPD violations
Jonathan Cohen / Silvershore Properties
– 251 Nassau Ave. / 38 HPD violations
– 196 Kingsland Ave. / 19 HPD violations